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Cumbria's weather: Showers fading, cloudier later

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Any showers that do form will quickly fade this evening.

Thereafter, conditions will be dry with clear periods, although it will tend to become cloudier later in the night, with lowest temperatures from 9C to 12C (48F to 54F).

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Burglar given final chance after break-in confrontation

A burglar who crept into the home of a Carlisle couple while they were asleep and was confronted by the householder, has been told by the judge he has been given a "final chance".

At Carlisle Crown Court, Liam Warwick, 22, of Wentworth Drive, Carlisle, admitted burglary, and the court heard he had a previous break-in on his record.

Judge James Adkin was told that Warwick had medical problems that were "long-standing, significant and relevant", and he imposed a 16-month jail term, suspended for two years, with orders for unpaid work and rehabilitation.

Warwick was warned by the judge: "If I see you again for burglary I will give you four years in prison."

Art students give paintings to local car home

Art students from Lakes College have given a number of paintings of local landmarks to a care home in Workington.

Staff and residents with paintings
MHA Amathea

MHA Amathea is a specialist dementia care home and Louise Harvey, the deputy manager, said: “They are both relaxing and stimulating for our residents, bringing joy and colour into the home."

Police force car to stop after Carlisle collision

Police forced a car to a halt on Victoria Viaduct in the middle of Carlisle with what they described as "technical contact", after it failed to stop.

Police cars were damaged but no-one was hurt.

The incident followed a collision on Warwick Road just after 19:30, after which officers say the driver of a black Audi left the scene.

A 36-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving and robbery and was still in custody this afternoon.

Thousands of degrees to be presented at cathedral ceremonies

Up to 4,000 people are expected to attend university graduation ceremonies in Carlisle Cathedral this week.

This year the University of Cumbria is awarding two special honours - to Canon Sarah Snyder from the Rose Castle Foundation, for her work promoting reconciliation, and to Imran Khan, who graduated in 2012 and is already a headteacher in Norfolk, and who's been described as inspirational.

Cumbria's weather: Staying dry with sunny spells

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It is expected to be dry this afternoon with sunny spells, although there is a small chance of the odd shower popping up.

It will be a reasonably warm day with light winds and highest temperatures from 18C to 21C (64F to 70F).

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Police seek missing Borrowdale man

Police are trying to trace a man missing from his Borrowdale home since 04:00 yesterday.

Adam Marsh

Adam Marsh was last seen wearing a white jumper, jeans and walking boots and carrying a purple a black rucksack and a smaller red rucksack.

Lakeland book awards to be announced later

The winners of the 35th Lakeland Book of the Year awards will be announced later.

The top prize in each of the six categories will be presented at a charity awards event at the Castle Green Hotel in Kendal.

The annual competition is open to amateur and professional writers.

Their book must have been published in 2018 and feature Cumbria in some way.

Cumbria's weather: Dry with sunny spells

BBC Weather

It is expected to be dry today with sunny spells, although there is a small chance of the odd shower popping up.

It will be a reasonably warm day with light winds and highest temperatures from 18C to 21C (64F to 70F).

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Cumbria's weather: Dry and clear with light winds

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It will be dry and mainly clear tonight, with light winds and perhaps a few shallow mist patches.

Minimum Temperature: 9 to 12C (48 to 54F).

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Police divers called in as concern grows for missing man

Police say they are now extremely concerned for 91-year-old Jed Doran, who has been missing since last Thursday,and divers have been deployed to search ponds in the area.

Officers and volunteers from Cockermouth Mountain Rescue Team searched through the weekend, helped by a police drone and a helicopter.

Harrington Nature Reserve
Allerdale Borough Council

Officers say the divers will be searching areas including a reservoir and ponds on Harrington Nature Reserve.

With it being five days, the hot weather, dehydration, lack of food, we are now extremely concerned for his welfare."

Sgt Harley Young

Dealer whose plans fell through has jail sentence cut

One of three young west Cumbria drug dealers jailed last month for planning to take drugs to a music festival in Cheshire has had his sentence reduced because he may never have got to the event.

James Malcolm Murray (pictured), 20, of Primrose Terrace, Harrington, was sent to prison for 40 months for being concerned in the supply of both cocaine and ecstasy between early July and early September last year.

James Malcolm Murray
Cumbria Police

Twenty-year-old Murray and two other young men were found together in a car along with bagged-up cocaine deals and cash, and Carlisle Crown Court heard police also uncovered plans by Murray and one of the other men to smuggle ecstasy tablets into the Creamfields music festival in Cheshire.

But this week Murray was back in court because his barrister had evidence his client had not got to the festival, and the prosecution told the court it had no evidence that he did more than plan to go.

Recorder Alex Leach said that if Murray had not carried through the plan his sentence should be reduced from 40 months to 36.

Health groups improve after being split into two

Inspectors have rated the bodies that organise health services around Cumbria - the North Cumbria and Morecambe Bay Clinical Commissioning Groups - as "good".

The rating, based on 58 areas covering aspects such as financial management and how well services are provided, covered the year to this April.

It was the second report since the old Cumbria CCG was divided, and an improvement, since the group covering the whole county was graded as requiring improvement.

Police car in Penrith collision

A patrol car was damaged in a collision in Penrith yesterday, police say.

Eden police said it followed an incident in which a Ford C Max was driven dangerously through the town and failed to stop. The patrol car driver was not injured.

Today police said a 33-year-old local man had been arrested on suspicion of aggravated vehicle taking and dangerous driving and released under investigation.

A vehicle was recovered from the Carleton Hill Road area.

England's World Cup win a proud day for Durham - Killeen

England's astonishing World Cup win has been the talk of the whole country all day of course, even those who previously didn't like cricket.

But it went down particularly well in County Durham, where two of their local boys Ben Stokes and Mark Wood played such big roles.

And especially in the Durham dressing room, where the players watched following the end of their day's play in the home County Championship game with Worcestershire.

"Ben’s innings was phenomenal," Durham bowling coach Neil Killeen told BBC Radio Newcastle. "After going through what we went through in the T20 World Cup, that will mean everything to Ben. That’s the type of bloke he is.

Ben Stokes had the support of his Durham team-mate Mark Wood for that last dramatic ball at Lord's
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Ben Stokes had the support of his Durham team-mate Mark Wood for that last dramatic ball at Lord's

"He’s a true professional. And he thoroughly deserved it. And obviously Mark Wood did well with the ball early on. Both lads are Durham through and through. To see them stand up and be presented with the trophy was a proud day for the club and the whole of the North East.

"The last half an hour was so exciting, especially with our head coach James Franklin being from New Zealand. The lads have been giving him some stick.

“I’m sure this will all have a huge knock-on effect. Kids are going to want to bowl like Jofra Archer and Mark Wood and bat like Ben Stokes.”

Cumbria's weather: Fine, dry and warm

BBC Weather

It will stay fine, dry and warm this afternoon, with sunny periods and only a little fair-weather cloud.

While many areas will remain dry, there is a small chance of the odd shower, and highest temperatures will be from 20C to 23C (68F to 73F).

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Three rescued after speedboat crashes in Walney Channel

Three people were taken to hospital after a speedboat hit a sandbank and turned over in the Walney Channel, off Barrow.

Emergency services including the RNLI, the coastguard, fire and ambulance were called and spent up to two hours at the scene yesterday afternoon.

Two women and a man were on board, and although details released by the authorities are sketchy, it is though the two women were thrown into the water while the men remained, injured in the boat, which came to rest the right way up.

Fire crews trained in water rescue worked with paramedics to rescue the casualty from the boat, and all the injured were taken to the Furness General Hospital in Barrow.

Walney Channel

Cumbria's weather: Sunny, warm and dry

BBC Weather

It will be fine, dry and warm today, with sunny periods and only a little fair-weather cloud developing.

Highest temperatures could reach from 20C to 23C (68F to 73F).

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Search goes on for missing Jed, 91

Helicopter and coastguard searches have been carried out and specialist officers have been deployed over the weekend in the search for 91-year-old Jed Doran, who has been missing since Thursday.

Jed Doran
Family/Cumbria Police

Mr Doran, who was last seen at his home in Garnet Crescent, Salterbeck, last Thursday has dementia and police say he may appear confused.

Coastguard and mountain rescue volunteers have also been involved.

He's been described as walking almost in a shuffling motion and if a member of the public did approach him he would appear dazed or confused, he may not interact as you would expect, it would be very much head down."

Sgt Harley YoungCumbria Police

Cumbria's weather: Showers dying away, cloud increasing

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Any showers will die away this evening to leave it mostly dry overnight but with cloud tending to increase.

A light northerly wind is expected, with lowest temperatures from 9C to 12C (48F to 54F).

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Extra police patrols deployed as Keswick Convention opens

Police say extra officers are being deployed in Keswick from this weekend because of the growing numbers of people attending the anual Keswick Convention.

Keswick convention session in marquee
Keswick Ministries

The event, which runs until 2 August, brings thousands of Evangelical Christians into the town.

Insp Rachel Gale said local people might notice more police on duty.

"The numbers involved are the equivalent of a small town in itself, so this means we provide extra policing resources to make sure everything runs smoothly," she said.

I fully support the increased visible police presence during the Keswick Convention and indeed at other high profile events where large numbers of people gather."

Peter McCallCumbria Police and Crime Comissioner

Survey highlights 1,500 speeding cars passing school

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Nearly 1,500 speeding cars pass outside a Barrow school every day, new figures have shown.

A traffic survey on Hawcoat Lane found that on average, 7,578 vehicles went past St Paul’s Church of England Junior School every day, at an average speed of 26.4 mph.

But 18%, equivalent to 1,364 vehicles, topped the 30-to-35mph mark when the survey was carried out, with nearly 3% traveliing at more than 35mph.

Councillor Roy Worthington, the Conservative member for Hawcoat, called the results "shocking".

He has called for Cumbria County Council to install a zebra crossing and an official school crossing patrol, but a report going before a meeting next week says the existing crossing patrol is adequate.

Court told how drunken three attacked train passenger

A passenger who intervened between a group of drunken men and a teenage girl on a train in west Cumbria was kicked unconscious, Carlisle Crown Court heard.

A female guard who waded in to try to stop what one bystander described as a "Wild West" mass brawl saw one of the three strike the victim "as if kicking a football" while he lay prone on the floor of the train between Parton and Harrington.

Daniel Lloyd, 27, and Shaun Wilson, 26, both of Ellen Garth, Aspatria, and 31-year-old Scott McMaster of St Mungo's Park, Aspatria, all admitted affray, after leaving the victim with cuts and swelling to his head and face.

Judge Brian Cummings QC was told the three had no previous convictions and would lose jobs and homes if jailed and said he was "just persuaded" not to send them to prison.

Each had a 14-month jail term suspended for two years, and must complete 200 hours' unpaid work and pay £750 costs.

South Cumbria's 400 mental health staff under new managers

Health managers will be questioned next week over the impending transfer of 400 staff involved in south Cumbria’s mental health services.

From 1 October, Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust is taking charge of the mental health and learning disability services in the southern half of Cumbria.

Health service officials have said the services "will still be delivered in south Cumbria by the same people" and that only the trust management is changing.

The switch is also taking place to pave the way for the major job of integrating physical, mental and social care services across the Morecambe Bay area.

Cumbria's health scrutiny committee, which acts as a watchdog with elected county councillors, will be considering a report from Jo Moore from the Lancashire trust.

Rescue volunteers stand by for search for missing man, 91

Mountain rescue volunteers are now on standby in the search for a 91-year-old man who has been missing for 24 hours.

Police, some with dogs, and coastguard teams are combing the area around Salterbeck, and rough ground falling steeply to where the Cumbria Coast railway line runs next to the Irish Sea, for Jed Doran, who was last seen in Garnet Crescent.

Officers say concern is growing because of his age, and local people have been asked to search gardens and outbuildings.

Police warn public wanted man could be violent

Police say a wanted man who could be in Cumbria should not be approached because he is a risk to the public.

Matthew Parkinson
Lancashire Police

Matthew Parkinson, 26, is wanted for recall to prison and also in connection with a sexual assault in Bamber Bridge in June.

He has connections in Cumbria as well as Preston and Bamber Bridge and officers say anyone who sees him should alert police on 101.

Det Con Catherine Thomas, of Lancashire Police, said: “Parkinson presents a risk to the public and could be violent if approached."

Police renew appeal for missing Workington man, 91

Police in Workington have called in help from Coastguard teams in the search for a missing 91-year-old man.

Officers have appealed for people in the Salterbeck area to check outbuildings in the search for Jed Doran who has now been missing for about 22 hours.

He is 5ft 8in tall and was last seen in Garnet Crescent, wearing grey trousers, a cardigan and a flat cap.

Cumbria's weather: Sunny spells and scattered showers

BBC Weather

This afternoon will have sunny spells and variable cloud with a few scattered showers mostly affecting the east.

Highest temperatures will be from 19C to 22C (66F to 72F).

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Social services chief insists: We have learned lessons

The top official in Cumbria's social services is insisting it has made big steps to improve child protection, after a critical report into a case where a baby was blinded in one eye by his father.

John Maclwraith
Cumbria County Council

The serious case review said information about the family's background of domestic violence and the father's anger management problems had not been shared widely enough to make sure all the professionals involved with the child knew of the risks.

The report's publication was delayed until after all legal proceedings were complete, and John Macilwraith (pictured), executive director of people for the council, said that three years had passed since the events it described in 2016.

He said it was impossible to say such a case would never happen again, but an Ofsted inspection in 2017 and reports in 2018 had confirmed that the lessons have been learned.

This case wasn't good enough for that child, we accept that, and lessons have been learned and we have put measures in place to make the improvements that have been acknowledged."

John Macilwraith

Police concerned for missing Workington man, 91

Police say they are concerned about 91-year-old Jed Doran, who was last seen at 17:00 yesterday evening at Garnet Crescent in Salterbeck.

He is 5ft 8in tall and when last seen was wearing a flat cap, grey trousers and a cardigan.

Jed Doran

Cumbria's weather: Cloud will break up to allow sunny spells

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Cloud is expected to break up allowing for sunny spells in most areas and highest temperatures from 19C to 22C (66F to 72F).

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Cumbria's weather: Clear spells with chance of a shower

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Areas of cloud will break up leaving clear spells through the night.

There is the small chance of the odd shower for some places with lowest temperatures from 8C to 11C (46F to 52F).

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'Still work to do' says child protection chief

Gill Rigg, the independent chair of Cumbria's Local Safeguarding Children Board, says Cumbria still has work to do to improve the quality and consistency of services after another report urging that lessons could be learned about sharing information.

The board co-ordinates the work of the various health and social services that promote the welfare of children, and produces serious case reviews when things go wrong.

Children's services sign

Earlier today a review described how a baby boy was blinded in one eye by his father, when some officials were aware he had been born into a family with a history of domestic violence.

The report referred to other cases, including the death of the Barrow toddler Poppi Worthington, where knowledge about troubled families was not shared widely enough to alert doctors or social workers to children at risk.

Gill Rigg said: "There is still work to do across the partnership to ensure that services are of consistently good standard but considerable progress has been made and that is welcome."

It is vital that we learn from cases such as these and the LSCB will be publicising these findings widely to professionals working with children.”

Gill Rigg

'Fagin-like' teenager warned of long jail sentence

A judge at Carlisle Crown Court has warned a Cumbrian teenager that he faces a long jail sentence, saying he was like the Dickens character, Fagin, "employing younger children to do his dirty work".

Paul Stuchfield, 19, of Kirkoswald, near Penrith, and a 14-year-old boy had both been found guilty of conspiracy to rob.

The court had been told that Stuchfield had admitted robbing a garage in the town with a 15-year-old youth, last October, and then in January played a key role in in an attack in which a woman was robbed at knifepoint and stabbed by a 16-year-old.

Judge James Adkin adjourned the case, and will sentence both Stuchfield and the 14-year-old at future separate hearings after considering specialist background reports.

Judge Adkin told Stuchfield: "You should expect a long custodial sentence."

Cumbria's weather: Cloudy with showers, some heavy

BBC Weather

This afternoon will be fairly cloudy with a scattering of showers, a few bright or sunny intervals at times, and highest temperatures from 17C to 20C (63F to 68F).

In the far east and north of the county the showers could be heavy with thunder, and a Met Office yellow warning is in force.

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Report on blinded baby highlights lessons to be learned

A report says a six-month-old boy who lost the sight in one eye after he was injured had been born into a Cumbrian family with a history of domestic violence.

The boy, identified only as Child BE, was first referred to social services before he was born, because his half-sister was already on a "child in need plan" and a linked child had allegedly been injured by his father.

The report says key information about the toddler was not shared, even though there were opportunities to do so, because social workers involved with the case were concentrating on older siblings and the parents, rather than the child.

It lists other reports that have raised similar issues, including the case of Poppi Worthington, and says information and analysis needs to be shared with all professionals who have contact with a child in need.

This case highlighted inconsistencies in the way meetings are recorded and inadequate assessment of risk."

Serious case review into Child BE

Fire service in search for more retained crew members

Cumbria's fire service says it still doesn't have enough on-call firefighters, despite recruiting about 20 this year.

The recruiting drive is for retained firefighters who can be called away from an everyday job to respond to an emergency.

A campaign to find more staff began in January, but about 30 posts across the county remain unfilled.

Fire engines in dark

Cumbria's water pipes 'wired for sound' to detect leaks

Thousands of small acoustic devices are being attached to water mains across Cumbria and other parts of the North West to detect leaks.

Engineer with acoustic logger
United Utilities

The £30m programme will see 100,000 of the devices fitted, one every quarter of a mile (400m) or so, to the pipes.

Many leaks never show on the surface, and the company says they are finding more faults because last year's dry summer has caused ground movements.

A trial in Manchester and Liverpool is though to have detected leaks and saved five million litres a day.

Fire crews in kitchen blaze rescue

Cumbria's fire service says a person was rescued from a flat in Carlisle this morning after a fire in the kitchen.

It happened at about 00:45 today at Knowefield Close.

The casualty was taken to hospital by emergency services, but no further details have been made public of them or their condition.

Cumbria's weather: Cloudy with patchy rain

BBC Weather

Most places will be cloudy with patchy rain, heavier in one or two spots in the morning, with highest temperatures from 17C to 20C (63F to 68F).

The far north and east of the county are covered by a Met Office yellow warning for severe thunderstorms.

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Theresa May welcomes maternity decision

Theresa May has welcomed moves to ensure that expectant mothers in Cumbria can continue to access specialist maternity care.

Earlier this month the North Cumbria Clinical Commissioning Group announced consultant-led maternity services are to be kept at Whitehaven's West Cumberland Hospital.

The Prime Minister was responding to a question in the Commons from the Conservative, Trudy Harrison.

The Copeland MP praised the work of local health groups.

Mrs May said: "We welcome the CCG's decision to retain those consultant-led services in west Cumbria.

"Better Birth established that personalised care means safer care and greater choice should be made available to women accessing maternity services."

West Cumberland Hospital

Work to address impact of childhood trauma

Local Democracy Reporting Service

John Connell

Cumbria County Council’s health board has agreed to oversee vital work to tackle the scourge of childhood trauma – one of the biggest public health challenges facing the region.

It comes after the county’s top health chief delivered a “hard-hitting” report on the issue which is blighting young lives and driving those who have experienced such problems into an early grave.

A growing body of evidence is showing that Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), such as abuse, spending time in care or living in a household in which a parent is a drug-user, can have a profound effect on people later in life, putting additional pressure on social and health services at a time of shrinking budgets.

Health bosses are now working to prevent trauma happening in the first place or by identifying problems earlier.

Board members were also told that “significant progress” was being made on delivering the recommendations in the report.

A working group has now been established to help coordinate some action with the Health and Being Board having now agreed to act as the “senior governance route” for the ACE’s Steering Group.

Under the plans agreed this month, the board will receive regular updates from the steering group which has pledged to bring back a “more detailed action plan” in the coming months.

United Utilties drops from four stars to three

United Utilities, which provides Cumbria's water supply, has dropped from four stars to three stars, the Environment Agency said.

It says water company efforts to protect the environment are 'simply unacceptable'.

There were 56 serious pollution incidents last year, rising from 52 in 2017, the agency's annual report said.

Only one of the nine major water companies in England - Northumbria Water - is performing at the expected level, with most likely to miss 2020 targets, the agency added.

Severn Trent Water, United Utilities and Wessex Water dropped from four stars to three stars, meaning they must improve their performance to reduce their impact on the environment.

water pipes
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Cumbria's weather: Cloudy with longer spells of rain

BBC Weather

It will be cloudy again tonight with further showers or longer spells of rain.

The showers may become heavy again towards dawn on Wednesday with lowest temperatures from 10C to 13C (50F to 55F).

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